Manchester United 4-2 Sheffield United (Apr 24, 2024) Game Analysis

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes came to his side’s rescue with two goals in a 4-2 home victory over the Premier League’s bottom club Sheffield United on Wednesday just when more trouble loomed for beleaguered manager Erik ten Hag.

Twice United trailed with Jayden Bogle and Ben Brereton Diaz both on target for the visitors but Fernandes helped avert another damaging result.

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He levelled from the penalty spot in the 61st minute after a foul on Harry Maguire, scorer of United’s first equaliser.

Fernandes then smacked home a sizzling left-footed shot to edge his side in front before setting up Rasmus Højlund to finally subdue their battling opponents.

“At the end we came back. We put ourselves in a position where it’s tough to win games. But also it shows a bit of character,” the Portuguese midfielder said.

“We’re scoring lots of goals. It’s just about that compactness we need to have as a team.”

Bruno Fernandes saved Manchester United from another disappointing result, with two goals against Sheffield United.

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It was another far-from-convincing display from Ten Hag’s side although victory moved United into sixth place to keep them in the hunt for a European qualifying spot.

“Many positives today,” Ten Hag said. “The resilience to fight back after losing two times. But also there were negatives. We gave it away, it can’t happen, unacceptable, we have to learn from this.”

Time is nearly up for Sheffield United who have only 16 points from 34 games and could be relegated at the weekend.

United’s FA Cup semifinal win on penalties was dubbed embarrassing in some quarters after squandering a 3-0 lead against second-tier Coventry City and being spared defeat only by a controversially disallowed goal in extra time.

Ten Hag came out fighting this week, branding the criticism disgraceful but the Dutchman appeared to be staring into the abyss as his side again conjured trouble of their own making.

They could and should have been well ahead as chances went begging and Sheffield United keeper Wes Foderingham pulled off several great saves, one from Diogo Dalot in the opening minute and another from teenager Kobbie Mainoo.

But United keeper André Onana then gifted the visitors the lead in the 35th minute with a dreadful pass out that was intercepted by Bogle who ran through to score.

United were level before half-time as Alejandro Garnacho, one of the shining lights in a poor season, whipped in a low cross that Maguire delicately glanced in with his head.

The second half was only five minutes old when United’s defence was breached all too easily with Ben Osborn cutting back a pass for Brereton Diaz to stab high into the net.

United looked stunned but were handed a lifeline when Maguire went down in the box and Fernandes stepped up to send his kick into the corner.

But United were handed a lifeline when Maguire went down in the box and Fernandes stepped up to send his kick into the corner. Fernandes then showed his class with a superb finish and United could finally breathe easy as Hojlund, who scored the winning penalty on Sunday, steered in Fernandes’ pass.

“He is really leading the team. I’m very happy with his performance,” a grateful Ten Hag said of his skipper.